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"Independence Day: Resurgence" Review: A Great Patriotic Summer Treat

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 22:35
Twenty years after the original Independence Day became the highest grossing movie of 1996, the aliens have returned. Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-awaited sequel, marks the return of the alien invaders as they try once again to destroy our world. Featuring many of the originals stars (excluding Will Smith, who declined to return), this action-packed sequel offers moviegoers a ridiculously fun and over-the-top action film that shouldnt be missed. 2016-06-24T12:46:00-04:00 2016-06-27T03:35:20Z John Hanlon

HHS Reinterprets Law to Allow California Abortion Mandate

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 22:35
In 2004 Congress passed the Weldon amendment, which said that no state can discriminate against a healthcare entity because it refuses to participate in abortions. 2016-06-24T12:45:00-04:00 2016-06-27T03:35:20Z Congressman Joe Pitts

Ours to Lose

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 22:35
Inevitably, mass self-deceit leads to national suicide, and the lies we accept from progressives further that prospect. 2016-06-24T12:40:00-04:00 2016-06-27T03:35:20Z John P. Warren

Bill Ackman – Gordon Gekko In The Flesh

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 22:35
Im not sure if Bill Ackman, head of the Pershing Square hedge fund, is modeling his life after Gordon Gekko, but it wouldnt be hard to believe 2016-06-24T12:01:00-04:00 2016-06-27T03:35:20Z Steve Sherman

The House Might Take Radical Islam Sitting Down: We Shouldn't

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 22:35
In the fall of last year, many middle-aged Americans rolled their eyes as college students organized sit-ins at Princeton, and in universities and colleges across the country. 2016-06-24T11:32:00-04:00 2016-06-27T03:35:20Z Jeremiah Cuevas

Are NeverTrumpers “Pro-Hillary”: Not Necessarily

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 22:35
Are (Republican) NeverTrumpers pro-Hillary, as some of their critics are now claiming? 2016-06-24T09:58:00-04:00 2016-06-27T03:35:20Z Jack Kerwick

Clinton blames Republican leaders for a 'paralyzed' Congress

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 21:23
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chastised Republican lawmakers on Sunday for a "paralyzed" Congress, saying they've fueled populist anger by refusing to "do their job."

America Should Embrace the Brexit Spirit

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 20:35
Faced with fear-mongering status quo addicts warning them of the dangers of real change, British voters chose to take a stand for sovereignty, borders and national identity. Now well see if America will do the same in November. 2016-06-24T00:45:00-04:00 2016-06-27T01:35:17Z Mark Davis

Supreme Court set to rule on abortion clinic restrictions

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 13:43
The Supreme Court on Monday is poised to once again enter the fray on the abortion issue, an already divisive subject complicated by election-year politics and a split bench that may lack the votes to rule definitively.

Swamy Plays Spoiler as Modi Woos Diaspora

Cato Recent Op Eds - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 13:28

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

After attacking Raghuram Rajan as mentally un-Indian (he is a US green card holder) and unfit to be governor of the RBI, Subramanian Swamy has demanded the sacking of chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian. Arvind’s supposed sins include his being a long-time US resident working for the International Monetary Fund, and making “anti-India” suggestions on patents to the US Congress. Finance minister Jaitley, who did not defend Rajan against  Swamy’s attacks, strongly defended Arvind. So did many other BJP stalwarts. Swamy reluctantly suspended his demand for sacking, but remained unapologetic.

It is disgraceful for Swamy to question the patriotism of Indians who have US green cards, have worked for foreign organisations, or have criticized Indian government policies in foreign forums. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, a green card holder, has often castigated Indian policies and worked for agencies like the World Bank. Is he unpatriotic and unfit to advise India?

The infotech industry has been set up by Indians who worked abroad, often obtained green cards or US citizenship, but then used their talents to promote the Indian economy. Vishal Sikka, head of Infosys, is a US citizen. Does this make him an American agent?

 The CEO of Tata Motors is Guenter Butschek, a German. He succeeded Karl Slym, a Briton. Are they are plotting to make India a European slave? The head of the Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry, is an Irish citizen. Does this make him a European agent undermining India?

Swamy’s ultra-nationalist pulp defies decency. Moreover, he is undercutting Narendra Modi’s passionate wooing of the Indian diaspora. The diaspora includes green card holders and foreign citizens, but Modi welcomes them as part of a global Indian tribe that transcends passports and visas.

Once, the RSS saw multinational corporations as variations of the East India Company. Vajpayee liberalized that notion. Modi has gone much further. He sees that today the biggest MNCs are headed by members of the diaspora. Microsoft is headed by Satya Nadella, Google by Sundar Pichai, Pepsi by Indra Nooyi and MasterCard by Ajay Banga. It’s silly to view them as white imperialists.

Globalization has erased narrow identity notions. Ratan Tata’s acquisitions made his Tata group the largest private sector employer in the UK. Nobody there interpreted this as foreign agents taking over white British companies. Cricket teams in the IPL (and football teams in West Bengal) are full of foreign players. They are not foreign agents.

The Constitution mandates Indian nationality for a few top posts. Beyond that, governments need the best global expertise. India had global celebrities like Rosenstein Rodan and Ian Little advising the Planning Commission in the 1950s. Paranoia about a foreign hand was Indira Gandhi’s invention.

The world over, companies and governments now hire the best talent, regardless of nationality. Swamy may call Rajan un-Indian, but Rajan is an Indian citizen. By contrast, the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, is a Canadian.

The diaspora is aghast that Swamy questions its integrity even as Modi woos it. Narayana Murthy of Infosys says India must institute dual nationality, encouraging simultaneous Indian and US citizenship. That will end Swamy’s narrow chauvinist hounding. India has been moving gradually in that direction with its Overseas Citizens of India scheme.

Wooing the diaspora means going for the world’s best in expertise, not the best in saying “yes sir.” By definition, the best are inpiduals with strong, independent views, not yes men. You do not get to the top of the diaspora by donning khaki knickers and saluting.

 Governments will naturally select people with whom it has common ground, but they must allow space for disagreement too. The fact that Arvind Subramanian, or Amartya Sen, or any globalized Indian has criticized past Indian policies is a sign of vigorous intellect, not lack of patriotism. To expect the world’s best minds to toe the Indian government line before foreign audiences or politicians is to insult their intelligence and integrity.

The irony is that Swamy himself has never been a yes man. As a young economist, he says, he was offered a post at the Delhi School of Economics, which was later cancelled by the government because he was critical of the government’s economic and nuclear policies. This narration is contested by his critics, yet his maverick independence is not in doubt. After joining politics, he fought with the BJP, formed his own party, and has only recently returned. If he thinks such independent thinking does not disqualify him from high office, why complain about Arvind Subramanian?

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is a research fellow at the Cato Institute.

Clinton gains ground over Trump in two new national polls

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 13:19
Two new polls released Sunday show Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton widening her lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump -- with one national survey giving her a comfortable double-digit cushion.

Move over, ‘climate change,’ because Brexit’s already the new multi-purpose scapegoat (open thread)

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 12:02

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s Sunday open thread time, and here are a few matches to light the fuse on this particular candle…

The Brexit vote was Thursday, and just a couple days later it’s already responsible for countless deaths, massive destruction, misery and general psychological damage:

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In other words, everything that goes wrong in Europe from here on in is the fault of Brexit.

Big questions remain: Will climate change be blamed for Brexit, will Brexit be blamed for climate change, or will xenophobia be blamed for climate change and Brexit? Put me down for “all of the above.”

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Speaking of Brexit, hardly anybody in the mainstream media is talking about the “Obama effect”:

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This really did the trick!

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There’s another “meet Hillary” contest under way, and you’ll have to drop a lot of Hamiltons for this one:

Hillary Clinton supporters will get a chance to see the hit musical “Hamilton” if they’re willing to pay prices that are breathtaking even by Broadway standards.

Tickets for a special matinee July 12 to benefit her campaign start at $2,700 each, while $10,000 will get a “premium seat” that includes a photo session with Clinton.

The campaign website says that for $100,000 people can get a deal that includes two premium seats, a “wrap party” with Clinton “and other special guests” plus other benefits.

“For the people!” Funny they’re doing all this in the name of the Founding Father who called for a “just, limited federal government.” But just to make Hillary feel more mainstream, the Hamilton director is adding a scene showing Alexander arguing why he shouldn’t have to release his First Bank speech transcripts.

Meanwhile, for just $100 in singles you can enter a contest to go off-off Broadway with Bill Clinton to see “Bunny Ranch: The Musical.”

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Hillary still has a lead over Trump, depending on which polls you believe, if any:

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These polls have a margin of error of plus or minus Hillary’s indictment.

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George Will’s out of the Republican Party. He’ll probably explain why in greater detail with a very complex baseball metaphor.

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You can’t make this up:

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Good thing we’ve had a president who has avoided that optic for the past seven and a half years!

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And of course right on cue Sunday afternoon:

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Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 11:22
Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump's presidential campaign before the party's national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination.

Mia Love skipping GOP convention

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 11:02
Utah Rep. Mia Love, a rising star in the Republican Party, says she’s planning on skipping next month’s Republican National Convention.

Man featured in Elizabeth Warren's anti-Trump ad voted for Trump

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 10:15
Michael Levin’s photogenic, mixed-race family appears straight from central casting for the modern American middle-class family, seemingly the perfect choice to be featured in Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s video for MoveOn attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Lawyer: Admitted lie made state drop charges against senator

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 09:47
The lawyer for the accuser in a suspended Vermont state senator's rape trial says the state decided to drop the charges after the accuser admitted outside the courtroom that she had lied on the witness stand about something not central to the case.

McConnell: Trump needs to close cash deficit 'fast'

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 09:31
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Donald Trump needs to raise much more money, quickly, if he expects to win the presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton

Clinton campaign manager says US voters should value Hillary stability following Brexit vote

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 09:11
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said Sunday that Britain’s emotionally charged exit from the European Union signals the frustration voters feel over establishment politics but maintains Clinton is the right candidate to ally growing fears in the U.S. Mook, in an exclusive interview on “Fox News Sunday,” said Americans should value the stability and incremental change in politics that Clinton can bring over the risks Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, would take.

George Will says GOP Trump message is what made him leave

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 08:54
Conservative columnist and prominent Republican commentator George Will said Sunday he has “left the Republican Party for the same reason he joined it” and that he felt let down by the party and the message its top leaders are sending.

Kerry urges Britain, EU to manage their divorce responsibly

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:58
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first senior American official to visit London and Brussels since the United Kingdom's historic referendum.

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